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annual convention in indianapolis. >> i'm proud to say that as of september 1st, the mission of the united states forces in iraq will move from combat to advise, assist, train and equip the iraqi military forces, to conduct, partner counter terrorism operations. and to provide security for our military and civilian personnel and the infrastructure in iraq. >> shepard: the vice president predicts iraq will soon mark another crucial milestone. but some analysts say that may be overly optimistic, major garrett our senior white house correspondent on martha's vineyard tonight where the first family is vacationing. major, the vice president said he was absolutely confident iraq would form a unity government but not everybody is so convinced. >> good evening, shepard. welcome to a rainy and somewhat wind-swept martha's vineyard. the vice president is not only the president's point man in iraq, he has been there 13 times. he knows all the key players. and his opinions on what may likely happen in iraq must be respected and given considerable weight as they are in the white house. he
. >> shepard: the house speaker indianapolis pelosi called lawmakers back from their summer vacation and they got the job done. the house passed a 26 billion-dollar bill today designed to help states keep teachers and other workers on the payroll. most republicans voted against it along with a few democrats. the senate passed its version last week and president obama signed it into law this afternoon. >> it will help states avoid laying off police officers, firefighters, nurses, and first responders. and it will save the jobs of teachers like the ones who are standing with me today. >> here we have yet another bailout bill. we have bailed out chrysler, g.m., fannie, freddie, the major banks, people who bought too much home and couldn't afford it and now we're going to bail out the states. >> shepard: republicans accused democrats of giving a gift to the unions right before the congressional elections. rich edison from the fox business network is live in washington tonight. what exactly is in this bill, rich? >> well, shep, billions to state governments to help them close budget gaps.
. a 13-year-old motorcycle racer killed in a crash at the indianapolis motor speedway. his name was peter lengths. here is a picture. he reportedly fell off his bike during a warm-up lap for a race yesterday. another motorcycle racer hit him. we have video of peter on his bike from his web site. he is the youngest rider ever killed at the speedway. a spokesman for the united states grand prix racer's association says the teens who race know what they are doing. >> we have been racing at almost every single track in the country. big tracks, small tracks. you name it these kids have proven time and time again that their skills, their training, their background and everything have proven that these guys are more than ready for a track like this. >> shepard: well, the union reports it will review its safety rules but will not conduct a formal investigation into the death of 13-year-old peter lentz she claims the purse was not hers. the arrest report says it was. she is paris hilton and back with johnny law. talk about trouble, the entire east coast keeping an eye on hurricane you recall. -- e
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